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Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

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Founded in 1858, Mutter Museum displays an array of medical equipment, biological samples, models, diagrams, and bizarre preserved specimens. The museum itself is a section of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and includes preserved abnormal human organs, bones, and wax molds, intended to display the mystery and complexity of the human body. While many exhibits are strange and are presented as if in a Victorian-era museum, they also provide a great deal of information on the progression of medical technology. Be aware that this museum may not be suitable for the faint of heart or those easily disturbed. Plan to visit Mutter Museum during your Philadelphia vacation using our convenient Philadelphia route planning site.
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  • Came here while in town for a few days. My daughter and I both found it to be very interesting. My husband not so much. It was fascinating to see how the human body works and what happens when things....  more
    Came here while in town for a few days. My daughter and I both found it to be very interesting. My husband not so much. It was fascinating to see how the human body works and what happens when things....  more »
  • I spent a great afternoon going through this museum. The wall of skulls was my favorite. The museum was in a beautiful part of the city and the building is really cool. 
    I spent a great afternoon going through this museum. The wall of skulls was my favorite. The museum was in a beautiful part of the city and the building is really cool.  more »
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  • A truly unforgettable experience. I've been twice 20 years apart and each time was different but many of the exhibits are the same so there was so much nostalgia. Even someone who doesn't care much about anatomy or medical anomalies would recognize so many specimens because of their fame and history. I wore my Chang and Eng shirt so often until it fell apart. The small garden is beautiful and a peaceful respite from the city and some of the more gruesome displays. They continue to expand and innovate. Nothing tacky about this place like some kind of Ripley's. It has class and the remains are displayed with reverence and are shown to teach and astound. Can't wait to go back. The gift shop is amazing.
  • This museum is full of different preserved body organs, bones, etc that really would only be interesting for medical professionals or people who are interested in kind of gross stuff. I am a medical professional and I enjoyed it, and my husband enjoyed most of it but we both agreed that we wouldn't need to visit again. I definitely would not recommend it to non-medical people in general. Good museum though, and the building is beautiful! They also have a good gift shop.

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